‘Goshen’ WordPress Theme on Github
At the start of 2011, I simplified the first WordPress theme I’d built for this site and turned it into something far more minimalistic. I went from two sidebars to one, lost the bulky header and turned from color to black and white. Part of this was a desire for simplicity; part was my reaction to my lack of design sense. Color is not my strong suit, and I shouldn’t be caught trying to pretend.
Since then, I’ve made a few tweaks, but one thing I hadn’t done all year was post the theme — which I call Goshen — for anyone to use. Today I fixed that and pushed the files up to their own repository on Github. You can download the files and hack away. (In your WordPress install, under /wp-content/themes/, create a folder called Goshen and unzip the files there; then you can activate the theme via the dashboard.)
I’ll continue to tweak when I have time. I can’t say enough about how much WordPress theme hacking has taught me about HTML, CSS, templates and web design. If you want to start from scratch, try some of these resources. You’ll discover that WordPress themes have only a few moving parts. Mastering them will let you make your site exactly what you want it to be.